September 9, 2007
Around Town: Doing business in Lincoln
The Lincoln Park Business Group would like to
introduce Heath Hickok, the new executive director of the non-profit
community development organization located in Duluth.
Hickok is familiar with the Lincoln Park district.
He attended Lincoln Park Elementary and graduated from Denfeld in
“I remember back in elementary school, after
class my friends and I would go to the park and play near Miller
Creek,” he said. “It was a great neighborhood to be
raised in and I’m thrilled about the opportunity to help a
community I personally care about.”
After high school, Hickok studied advertising
and political science at St. Cloud State University. Upon receiving
his Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications, Hickok moved
to Minneapolis and worked as the Marketing Manager for a market
research company located in St. Paul.
“I didn’t enjoy living in the Twin
Cities very much, but I did embrace the overall experience,”
he said. “The traffic and crime were enough reasons to move
back,” continued Hickok. “I truly am happier being here
in Duluth where most of my family lives.”
Upon returning to Duluth, Hickok went back to
college and expanded his knowledge of Mass Communications. He attended
the Graduate School of Communicating Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Education has always been a primary focus and an important aspect
of Heath’s life.
“I’ve always believed that you never
stop growing in life or learning about new things. Continuing education
is a great way for people to learn more about a particular subject
area and use that wisdom to improve their lives,” Hickok said.
The knowledge Heath gained at UWS was soon utilized
at the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce in Bayfield, Wis. As their Marketing
Manager, he developed marketing strategies, public relations plans,
and coordinated large events such as AppleFest and The Apostle Islands
Sled Dog Race.
“I’m looking forward to working on
the Lincoln Park District’s 8th Annual Walleye Open Fishing
Tournament next June 1,” he said. “I hear it is a great
event for fishing enthusiasts and fun for families too.”
Hickok is excited about his new position as executive
director and is optimistic about the future of the Lincoln Park
“I think the future is very bright for Lincoln
Park. The Heritage Sports Center is just the beginning of new economic
development for the district,” he said.
“I believe as a community we can accomplish
great things by working together,” Hickok continued. “The
Lincoln Park Business Group will likely reach its goals through
collaborative efforts with residents, city government officials,
the Duluth Police Department, and other community development organizations.”
The Lincoln Park Business Group is a non-profit
organization, whose mission is to assist and promote the growth
of the Lincoln Park community through business and economic development.
We are leading the improvement of Lincoln Park by working with businesses,
residents, and other city organizations to reduce crime, develop
new business opportunities, and improve the streetscapes of our